STED imaging performance estimation by means of Fourier transform analysis
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European Commisision's projectLASERLAB-EUROPE - The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures (EC-H2020-654148)
MESO_BRAIN - Custom architecturally defined 3D stem cell derived functional human neural networks fortransformative progress in neuroscience and medicine (EC-H2020-713140)
Due to relatively high powers used in STED, biological samples may be affected by the illumination in the process of image acquisition. Similarly, the performance of the system may be limited by the sample itself. Optimization of the STED parameters taking into account the sample itself is therefore a complex task as there is no clear methodology that can determine the image improvement in an objective and quantitative manner. In this work, a method based on Fourier transform formalism is presented to analyze the performance of a STED system. The spatial frequency distribution of pairs of confocal and STED images are compared to obtain an objective parameter, the Azimuth Averaged Spectral Content Spread (AASCS), that is related to the performance of the system in which the sample is also considered. The method has been first tested on samples of beads, and then applied to cell samples labeled with multiple fluorescent dyes. The results show that a single parameter, the AASCS, can be used to determine the optimal settings for STED image acquisition in an objective way, only by using the information provided by the images from the sample themselves. The AASCS also helps minimize the depletion power, for better preservation of the samples.
CitationMerino, D. [et al.]. STED imaging performance estimation by means of Fourier transform analysis. "", 17 Abril 2017, vol. 8, núm. 5, p. 2472-2482.